Schwiebert Park | July 10, 2021 | Noon-Midnight

6th Annual Dawn And On Music Festival

We would like to cordially invite you to the 6th Annual Dawn And On Music Festival, our annual celebration of music, family and fun. For 2021, we are beyond thrilled to once again host the festival at beautiful Schwiebert Park in Rock Island, IL. This will be a socially distant event with the same incredible music and festival vibe you’ve come to know and love.

Founded in 2015, Dawn and On is a family-friendly, homegrown music festival featuring the area’s best local and regional talent. From rock to jam to reggae to bluegrass, you’ll find all of our bands highly danceable and indescribably fun. Our goal is to bring all the magic of the multi-day music festival and condense it into one highly affordable day right in your own backyard. In addition to the live music, DAO brings in some of the area’s most talented arts and craft vendors, a variety of delicious food and snacks, premium craft beer and a few surprises along the way. So grab your lawn chairs, hula hoops and fanny packs and take in the DAO experience for yourself. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did. See you on the river!



Schwiebert Park, 101 17th St, Rock Island, IL 61201



Saturday, July 10. Gates open at 11AM. Music runs continuously from noon-midnight.


Late Night

Late night plans are in the works and are to be announced.


The online ticketing period has expired.  Tickets may be purchased for $20 at the gate on event day. 


A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to the Rock Island YWCA.  Learn more at






There will be a variety of hot and cold food options available for purchase on site.


A wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase including a wide selection of draft beer from Bent River Brewing Company.




The Dawn

For over 12 years, the Western Illinois based roots rock/jam band “The Dawn” has been spreading their love of cutting edge improvisational rock throughout the Midwest. From their humble beginnings in the shadow of the Mississippi River, they have crafted out their place as one of the premier up and coming jam bands.

The Dawn’s live show experience has proven contagious and is tightly gripped in spacious jams, roaring guitar and soulful harmonies. Now a six-piece, The Dawn pushes the envelope at every performance and audiences are rewarded with an experience that can only be described as “The Dawn Effect.” Coupled with an equally adventurous light show, The Dawn concerts keep their dedicated and growing fanbase coming back for more.

Staples of the Quad Cities’ jam scene for years, The Dawn’s 2014 release Waiting On The Storm was received with excellent reviews and helped catapult the band to major festival experiences including the inaugural Phases of the Moon, Summer Camp and Camp Euforia. Their 2017 release Wooly was their first release on the Cartouche Records label and further showcased the band’s songwriting abilities and diversity.

This momentum has continued to build over the last few years with more major festival appearances including playing host to their own “Dawn and On” Music Festival, debuting in 2015 and consistently drawing over 1500 fans the last four years. Combined with high profile club gigs, the Dawn is turning many heads in the jam scene.

Magic Beans

Denver’s Magic Beans return April 30th, 2021 with their third studio album, Slice of Life, a 14 song documentation of a year spent away from the familiar confines of the road.

When the pandemic hit, Magic Beans had dozens of shows cancelled, so they hopped into their studio in Denver, CO and started recording songs. Produced by Magic Beans – and Mastered by David Glasser (The Grateful Dead’s long time Mastering engineer) – Funk, soul, live electronica, and even bluegrass music find their way into this songbook from 4 band members that each bring their own flavor to the project. The different feels in the double record coexist harmoniously as the listener is slowly ramped up throughout the record. By the time you hit the second vinyl, the organic sounds of B3 organ and acoustic guitar give way to synths and drum sampling almost as if you’re descending into night.

The inspiration for the title “Slice of Life” is just that. A random and unplanned snapshot of the band in this time and place, a self portrait done unknowingly. “Throughout our days as a traveling band, we’ve encountered many a situation that is unexplainably surreal in its abnormality, but at the same time indicative of the location, culture, and context we find ourselves. “A person partaking in an activity you didn’t know existed wearing an outfit you’ve only seen in a dream, or a collision of occurrences just rare and unusual enough that you think you’re living in a simulation just to be in that place, sounds of B3 organ and acoustic guitar give way to synths and drum sampling almost as if you’re descending into night.

The band’s rule was to have fun making music and the record reflects that. Even the home-made and hand-cut collages for the album artwork were created by the Beans’ tour manager and collaborator, Austin Koontz. What you got here with “Slice of Life” is a good time and a reflection of Magic Beans love for creating art. As the world returns to some semblance of normal, and Magic Beans hop back onto the road these songs will feature prominently in the sets from night to night, but until then this album will serve as a small Slice of of the last year in the Life of Magic Beans.

The Way Down Wanderers

Often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, the 5-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious. High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States, filling the front rows with fans not just singing along to one tune, but singing along to all of them. “Everybody says it. We’d be nothing without our supporters. Yeah, they buy tickets and of course we love that, but when we’ve been on the road for 10 hours and walk onto a stage road weary and we see familiar faces singing along, it’s hard to describe. It’s everything, really. There’s a whole lot of love there.”

Music enthusiasts are not the only ones taking note. Critics and tastemakers alike have awarded the young artists an impressive number of accolades ranging from official showcases at AmericanaFest (2018) and International Bluegrass Music Association (2016) to Whitstable UK Session of the Year (2017), a BBC Scotland Session (2017) as well as Finalist, International Song Writing Competition (2015 & 2016), Chicago’s Best Emerging Artist, Deli Magazine (2014) and Songpickr’s Best Songs Spotify Playlist (2016) among others. The young men are no strangers to the festival circuit either, having played major National and Regional Festivals such as Merlefest, Summer Camp, Red Wing Roots Music Festival and Saskatchewan Jazz Fest all across the United States, Canada and the UK. The band has also graced the stage of coveted venues such as Bluegrass Underground (TN), The Fox Theater (CO), Park West (IL), The Vogue (IN) The Station Inn (TN) The Ark (MI), and countless others.

Them Coulee Boys

Them Coulee Boys are known for a brand of Americana that blends punk, bluegrass, and rock & roll. They sing songs in 4 part harmony, sometimes conversational and often with a banjo stomp and rhythm section punch that drives the audience to tap their foot before being swept onto the dance floor. It’s music created by close friends feeling something deep and inviting their new friends to sing along. 

The story is true. Soren Staff and Beau Janke met as counselors at a bible [summer] camp in northern Wisconsin in 2013. During the week they played songs with the kids around a campfire and during the weekend they tried to figure out all the Trampled By Turtles and Avett Brothers songs they could muster. They both grew up amidst an amazing stretch of land full of glacial melt-carved river valleys in the upper Midwest that the early French trappers called coulees. Another camp counselor took to teasing them, “here come them coulee boys.” In 2014, they added Soren’s brother Jens on mandolin, and a rough-around-the-edges, stomping 3-piece folk band, played their first show as Them Coulee Boys. Four years later Neil Krause joined to play acoustic and electric bass, and in 2019 when Stas Hable joined on drums, TCB evolved into a full-on americana rock band.  The live band straddles the line between pure and genuine ballads and a sweaty, leaping take on countrified rock-n-roll. 

With three full length albums and an EP behind them, including 2019s, Die Happy (produced by Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett on Lo-Hi Records), the band has garnered international attention and earned press in American Songwriter and The Bluegrass Situation, as well as  tours with TBT and a “band to watch” spot on the Cayamo Cruise.  In 2020, they were named Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Band to Watch, and were nominated for band of the year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry.  When the world stopped in early 2020, the band holed up in their practice space and began writing, and the result is their brand new effort entitled Namesake. 

Namesake was recorded at The Hive in the band’s hometown of Eau Claire, WI, a small Wisconsin city infamously blessed with a wealth of musical talent.  The record was produced by Grammy-winner Brian Joseph, who has worked with the likes of Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Ani Difranco, The Indigo Girls, and earned his Grammy producing and engineering Bon Iver’s Bon Iver. The Hive itself is an intimate room, with ceilings draped with nautical rope, and bookshelves adorned with all manner of things antiquarian, living and dead.  Joseph’s fingerprints are everywhere on the record, and the warm feel of home left the band trusting further expansion of their sound. The result is a record that feels like a bear hug at a farm party in the hills.  

Middle Western

Middle Western was formed out of a long friendship and discussions the various members had while playing on each others’ recordings and the occasional band show organized as a way to play and sing songs written and recorded by other members. The band is made up of singer/songwriter and Anti Records artist William Elliot Whitmore on bass guitar and vocals; singer/songwriter/session keyboardist and founder of legendary Iowa roots music label, Trailer Records, David Zollo on keyboards and vocals; Chicago multi-instrumentalist Stephen “The Kid” Howard (James McCartney, Pinebender, Mississippi Heat) on electric guitars; Stevie Doyle (The Hoyle Brothers) on electric and slide guitars; and in-demand Iowa City drummer Brian Cooper on percussion. The fact that members live in Chicago (Doyle, Howard;) rural Iowa City (Cooper and Zollo;) and rural southernmost Iowa (Whitmore;) Middle Western brings together the influences and talents of its members to create something at once unique and familiar. Mixing New Orleans piano stomps, Crazy Horse-era guitar epics and proto-garage boogie, Middle Western’s debut record was released in 2018, and they are currently working on their follow-up, also at Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree with Luke Tweedy.

Heads In Motion

Heads in Motion is a Quad Cities based Talking Heads tribute act dedicated to free-spirited and energetic concert experiences. Composed of musicians from distinct backgrounds, Heads In Motion is a 10-piece tour de force of intensity and sound modeled after the Stop Making Sense era of the Talking Heads. Whether you prefer live recordings or studio deep cuts, all fans are guaranteed to be filled with the spirit of Talking Heads.

The Textures

Based Out of the Quad Cities Area, The Textures are a six-piece band including Kelsey Lillion [Vocals], Justin Behn [Guitar], Ben Kays [Guitar], Justin “Fish” Fisher [Bass], Logan “Frog” Farber [Keyboards], and Alex “Buggy” Deleon [Drums]. Their sound can be described as a convergence of different influences, hearkening back to the eras of psychedelia, funk, disco, rock n’ roll, soul, and so much more. The band’s mission is to craft diverse songs, both written and improvisational, which break the boundaries that separate individual genres. The 2020 Release of their debut album, Self Textured, is an exciting milestone for the group, helping to spread their sound on major streaming platforms as they continue a year of local and festival performances.

The Channel Cats

The Channel Cats are a band out of the Quad Cities on the Iowa/Illinois border. The Channel Cats were formed to host a local Open Jam every Wednesday Night at Bent River Brewing Company in Rock Island, IL in 2015. After a few years as the house band at the WNOJ, we branched out to start playing our own shows and festivals around the area. We play a combination of styles including, funk, rock, and jazz, and perform both originals and covers. We are currently at work on our debut album, Wednesday Night State of Mind, expected to come out in the fall of 2021. The Channel Cats are Michael Brock on percussion, Leland Chasey on bass, Craig Heidgerken on guitar, and Joe McKinney on drums. Former members include Ben Swanson and Andrew Ross on drums, and Zack Johnson and Logan Fogerty on Keyboards, who will occasionally sit in with the band.

Still Shine

Formed in the summer of 2014, Still Shine is a group of like-minded, seasoned musicians blending acoustic roots and progressive bluegrass. Mixing mandolin, harmonica, banjo, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and tight harmonies they quickly gained a following around Central Illinois area and the local Midwest. They have shared the stage with artists such as Billy Strings, Railroad Earth, The Leadfoot Band, Cornmeal, Split Lip Rayfield, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Kitchen Dwellers, Larry Keel, Chicago Farmer, Old Shoe and the Way Down Wanderers just to name a few. Along with some well received original music, the band performs an upbeat, energetic show you won’t want to miss!


Rob Bailey – Guitar/ Vocals

Andy Passie – Harmonica/ Vocals

Dave Frye – Upright bass/ Vocals

Wes Duffy – Mandolin/ Tenor Banjo/Percussion/Vocals.

Steve Hatfield – Banjo


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